PGA of Ontario crowns four champions at Tour Championship


PGA of Ontario crowns four champions at Tour Championship


For Immediate Release


October 3, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - After struggling for two-and-half seasons with the short stick Brian McCann appears to be putting his putting woes behind him.  McCann, who won the Ontario and Canadian Assistants' championships earlier this season, won his first PGA of Ontario Tour Championship Regular Division title Thursday at Legends on the Niagara as the zone crowned three other champions; Mark Stugar won the Assistants' Division,  Jennifer Jaszek won the Women's Division and Mark Kappes won the Senior Division.

"It's a solid golf course," McCann said after carding rounds of 67-70 on the Tom McBroom designed Ussher's Creek course to get to 7-under for the two-day championship. "I would like to play it from the back tees some time because it would be an excellent test."

McCann recalled struggling through 2012, 2013 and much of 2014 with his putting before figuring out that he needed to shorten his back stroke and it seems to be working of late. "When you hit the ball and putt well and combine the two, you have a chance to be in the mix," McCann added. "It was two full years and part of this season of not making a decent putting stroke before I finally figured out what works for me."

McCann's 67 was the low round on day one and the Brampton GC pro was on pace for a second round in the 60's, but bogeys on Nos. 13 and 17 drew him back to the field. Danny King from the Performance Academy at Magna finished second at 4-under (71-69), while Nick Kenney from the National GC of Canada settled into third at 3-under (71-70) with Gordon Burns (69-74) and Ken Tarling (72-71) rounding out the top five at 1-under.

In the Tour Championship Assistants' Division, Mark Stugar took full advantage on home turf for a three-stroke victory. Stugar picked up his very first PGA of Ontario win as he posted rounds of 71-72 to finish at 1-under par on the Ussher's Creek layout.

"That's the best I have played in a two-day tourney," said Stugar, who has been at Legends on the Niagara for nine years and won a Niagara tour event there earlier this year with a 67. "I like the challenge of Ussher's. It's tighter and it makes you hit the ball straighter if you want to score well. There are some tee shots out there that you need to know where to put it, so I think my knowledge of the course really helped."

His opening round consisted of three birdies and two bogeys, while he posted four birdies and two double bogeys on Nos. 12 and 18 in the closing round.

Chris Bevan from Summit G&CC continued his steady play with a second place finish posting rounds of 71-75 to finish at 2-over, while fellow Summit teammate Ron Draycott, who led after round one, finished third at 4-over (70-78).

Jennifer Jaszek from South Muskoka G&CC picked up her second Tour Championship Women's Division title after trailing at the end of the first round. Jaszek, who won the PGA of Ontario Women's Championship is the only other event she played this year on the tour, carded rounds of 74-77, to rally from a two-stroke deficit to win by two shots.

"I played solid golf except for the 18th hole, which I had a double and triple bogey on. I don't know how to play that hole," said Jaszek, who won the Tour Championship two years ago on Legends' Battlefield course. "It's a lot of fun playing with the other ladies, but I just wish we had more competing."

Andree Lapierre from the Toronto Hunt Club finished second with rounds of 72-81 and Megan Chapman, who won last week's Fall Championship on her home turf at Georgian Bay Club, settled for third carding 74-80.

Mark Kappes played some of his best golf of the year for an impressive five-stroke victory thanks to solid rounds of 69-67 to get to 8-under. Kappes, who won the Senior Division at the PGA of Ontario Spring Championship, certainly enjoyed his visit to the club. His opening round included; an eagle, five birdies, two bogeys and a double on No. 18, while the final round included; a second eagle on hole No. 2, five birdies and two bogeys.

"I really had two good putting days," Kappes said. "I had a really good feel for the speed on my putts and that made the difference."

For full results from all divisions click HERE

Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario


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